Shane Black, director of Iron Man 3, has mentioned that his new movie, The Nice Guys, is the spiritual sequel to one of his other movies, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Out of those movies, Iron Man 3, nah, don’t like it. It wasn’t a Marvel movie and that’s pretty much the only reason why I didn’t like the movie. At least, for me. All the usual Shane Black tropes are there and you can argue it made the movie better. For me, however, I needed the Marvel connection to the shared universe – a shared universe they started by the way – and less of the Shane Black humor and style. That’s my personal take.
You see, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a genius movie; one of my favorite movie comedies all time. Now, judging this new trailer for The Nice Guys, Shane Black is back in a big way. This trailer…. IS. AMAZING.
Watch it now.
Okay, now that you’ve watched it, stop and go back, watch it again. I’ll wait. While you’re doing that, here’s the official synopsis:
“The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
I adore this new look at the movie and see greatness coming from Russell Crowe AND Ryan Gosling. They appear to be at the top of their game with this, as does Shane Black. I’m enthralled by the humor, captivated by the two lead characters (especially Ryan Gosling) and am thrilled to see Shane Black doing what he does best. Again, I mention Iron Man 3. It’s a good movie in execution; tight story, great FX, wonderful performances all around, per usual. But I just don’t believe Shane Black’s sensibilities belong in the superhero genre. They belong here, in the crime-comedy. A noir type of movie that Mr. Black, essentially, created back when he penned the original Lethal Weapon. If he is stating The Nice Guys belong with Kiss, Kiss Bang, Bang, just from the trailer, I totally agree.
I also can’t wait to see this. This has the laughs, the interesting characters, the pace, the tone; and it has one of the best fighting chances I’ve seen in a long time to be one of those movies that hits the audience hard, becoming a cult classic joining the comedies of legend like Kiss, Kiss Bang, Bang and The Big Lebowski.
The film also stars Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, and Ty Simpkins and will open in theaters this coming May 20, 2016. Mark your calendars now.
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